Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sacred Plant Medicine - divine messages..

While I was not able to find much in the way of "Tansy" reading this week at the library, I did pick up this book called Sacred Plant Medicine (The wisdom in native American Herbalism) by Stephen Harrod Buhner. It has been accompanying me on beach trips this week and is quite an interesting read. (It has surely been a week of multi-tasking!) Books I need to read often have a way of falling into my hands, and this book was no exception. I did not seek it out or think to read it, it just somehow ended up in my huge pile of books that made it home with me.

I am about half way through the book and was surprised when the author started talking about herbal allies and more so the relationships between people and herbal or plant spirits. He talks of the plants calling or singing to a person when you need that particular plant medicine.

This particularly rings a chord with me as I had  absolutely NO background in herbs or knowledge of their uses before a few short years back when I began feeling the urge to administer them to people who were sick and somehow knowing which ones I needed. At the time I was very open to "listening" to these urges and not quite knowing how to explain it away, put it down to instinct. (OR I would find myself running for my herbal bible and trying to validate my claims scientifically because I really could not just say "Oh I just know now could I?" )

Probably all a bit strange and out there to the average person, but true none the less. I have found myself almost blurting out very small parts of my experiences several times only to shy away for fear of scaring everyone off with my strangeness.  I won't go into it now as it will take a long writing to explain, I will promise to write an explanation later as yesterday I had  a message through my Earth Magic cards......(a small section of  my reading)....

"You are in a place now where you can take risks with your feelings, and even more important, take risks with the truth of who you are- the truth you know in your heart and soul. You no longer need to be subjected to your conditional fears of letting others know who you really are.

Yes others may judge, evaluate, criticize, and perhaps even put you down. These are very real possibilities. Yet by trusting that you have the strength to deal with these reactions- rather than responding adaptively and always playing it safe - you can more confidently allow yourself to be vulnerable. Always holding back from expressing your truth can create an illusion of safety, but armed with your trust and your faith, you can choose to be vulnerable and share your authentic self with the world."

So there you go my lovelies! I shall be "outing" myself with pure trust in the fact that if you are still reading this, you may even be interested in getting to know the "real' me, the one that holds back for fear of being comitted or something! Are you ready?

Hugs and smoochies xoxox (yes hugs are a very big part of who I am!)


  1. Hi Karisma ~ You have a really neat blog , your background is beautiful. I've been reading your last few post , they're all wonderful. I haven't studied tansy , so I look forward to learning more about this herb from you. Thanks for the well wishes.

    ~ Many Blessings ~

  2. Hi JoyceAnn, thank you! I was worried it was looking a bit too busy. I do love the forest though and this was the only one I could find. Hope you are feeling better.. :-)

    Blessings back at you! xox

  3. Oh Karisma, smooch smooch, you are so brave! My path has been almost exactly like yours!! But, you are braver than I as you are "outing" yourself earlier than I did! lol I knew when I read that you did energy healing work on your boy, that we were sisters! I do energy work too and sense well the adjustments, substitutions, doses, etc etc needed in making herbal medicine, after learning to listen to the energy of plants! Sweet! I so happy to meet you:) xx

  4. So glad you outed yourself Karisma! I do energy healing work also, and that is just how herbs and I got together! lol Yea, this is so cool! xx